Here is a classic tried-and-true book that can be a good primer – the reader can learn about making medicines, actions of herbs, descriptions, and the general theory of body systems and herbal healing: “The New Holistic Herbal” by David Hoffman. While it is not that new, first published in the 1980s, the information is still completely valid so an older edition as a used book will do just fine. It is a required book in our foundational seasonal medicinal herbal studies series.
Here is a natural remedy regarding cramps. We have encountered many women over the years with this monthly problem. A Castor Oil pack applied to the pelvic area has helped many. We’ve also utilized it within a larger context to clear up fibroids and endometriosis. Castor Oil packs are also very soothing to the nervous system when applied over the solar plexus, in the center of the body, and on restricted muscle groups.
Here is a pdf that can guide you through using them: https://tinyurl.com/yayvddql
What is it that really helps us heal? The natural medicine model of the 8 Pillars of Naturopathy gives us insight. Look into your life and see where there may need to be room for improvement or help, as you contemplate the Eight Pillars: Diet, Bodywork, Sleep and Rest Dynamics, Herbal Therapeutics, Energy Medicine, Movement, Hydrotherapy, Education, and Counsel. Starting with ‘diet’– the book, “Real Food” by Nina Planck, is a suggested home reference to start nourishing ourselves in a positive way.
Mary Light, ND MH LMT